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    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    What a great appetizer or lunch. The sausage, beans and garlic make a perfect stew. Served with cheese toast, this makes a great dish to serve to guests. Even with the bread, this dish comes in under 400 calories !! 6 servings 350 calories per serving 2 t oil 3 ...

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    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    This is so tasty – it’s something I have made many times and everyone who eats it is always delighted with the great heartiness and warmth. Beings this is a crock pot recipe, you can start this one before work, come home, drop in the noodles and in ...

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    Chinese Pulled Pork

    Chinese Pulled Pork (Crock Pot)

    This recipe was really interesting. Usually when you think of pulled pork, you expect a spicy Southwest flavor. But this one has an awesome Chinese sauce that is mellow and mild and is perfect with pulled pork. 8 servings 227 calories per serving 1/4 c soy sauce 1/4 c ...

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    I'm so very pleased to announce the 400 Calorie or Less App and eBooks ! The eBooks are now available for the Nook and the Kindle. There are 4 eBooks and they each host 40+ recipes to help you lose weight while eating the foods you love and ...

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    Easy Pork Carnitas

    Easy Pork Carnitas

    This is another great authentic recipe that cooks all day in the crock pot - it turns out a fantastically tender and juicy meat that is easily shredded and tastes great with a bit of lime and avocado. 4 servings 208 calories per serving 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground ...

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    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    This is one of the most awesome chili recipes I have ever made ! The depth of flavor was amazing. This is a truly authentic, rich, aromatic and spicy chili that is just plain PERFECT. Don’t forget the squirt of lime just before serving – it actually ...

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    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    This is a soupy stew or a thick soup :) Whatever it is, it's absolutely delicious. The sweet fennel adds just the little something different that makes this meal one of a kind. 6 servings 380 calories per serving 2 carrots, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut ...

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    Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    Even traditional lasagna lovers like this one - and it is nice and easy to do. Start it at lunch time and have dinner ready 4 hours later. Take a look at my video below for instructions on how to layer it in your crock. 8 servings 275 calories per ...

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    January 8th, 2010adminLunch, Mediterranean, Salads, Sides

    I’m not a huge fan of plain salads. But when you add lots of fiber (chickpeas) and cheese, then they become special and they do fill you up. This one has both and has a great citrus dressing. Add a few squirts of fresh lime of orange juice to give it even more citrusy taste.

    Chickpea Salad with Feta Cheese

    Chickpea Salad with Feta Cheese

    4 servings
    178 calories per serving

    1 15oz. can chickpeas, drained
    2 scallions, sliced
    1/2 c grape tomatoes, halved
    3 T fresh parsley, chopped
    3 C bagged salad mix (I like to use a mix or organic greens or mesclun mix)
    2 oz. low fat feta cheese
    1 t lemon zest
    2 T lemon juice
    1 t oil
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/4 t salt

    Mix zest, juice, oil, garlic and salt. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, scallions, parsley and salad and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with feta and serve.

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    January 7th, 2010adminSides, Vegetables

    The sauce ingredients make this a great casserole. It’s certainly not boring or dull – it has a rich flavor and a nice, creamy consistency.

    Broccoli Casserole

    Broccoli Casserole

    6 servings
    116 calories per serving

    10 oz frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
    1 can fat free cream of celery soup
    1/2 c 2% shredded cheddar cheese
    1 t seasoned salt
    1/4 c skim milk
    1/4 c fat free mayo
    1/3 c egg beaters
    1/2 c panko bread crumbs

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pam a 11×7 baking dish. Put broccoli in dish. Mix soup, cheese and salt. Stir in milk, mayo and egg beaters and pour over the broccoli. Top with the bread crumbs and spray lightly with Pam. Bake 45 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes to brown the top. Serve immediately.

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    January 7th, 2010adminAppetizers, Asian, Sides, Snacks, Vegetables

    I’m not sure if this is a local product or if you can find it all over – a friend introduced me to it and you can get it at Whole Foods Markets. It makes a GREAT vegetable dip. Served with tri-color bell peppers, it makes an excellent snack or lunch side.

    The dressing itself is 140 calories for 2T – - add the equivalent of a whole cut up bell pepper for about 25 calories.

    Peppers and Miso Ginger Dressing

    Peppers and Miso Ginger Dressing

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    January 6th, 2010adminSalads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This is a great low calorie side to any lunch or dinner. In the summer, I substitute heirloom tomatoes from the local farmer’s market. Regular cucumber can be used, but English cucumbers have many less seeds and I find them more enjoyable. I often substitute fresh herbs if I have them around (parsley, basil, dill, chives, etc.)

    Tomato and Cucumber Salad

    Tomato and Cucumber Salad

    4 servings
    38 calories per serving

    1 English cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut in thin slices
    1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ½ t basil flakes
    ¼ t red pepper flakes
    4 T vinegar

    Place all in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to let flavors mix.

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    January 3rd, 2010adminFiberGourmet, Lunch, Sides

    This is rich and creamy and almost ½ the calories of regular mac and cheese due to the Laughing Cow Light cheese and the FiberGourmet pasta ! I really suggest you try some – you’ll never know the difference !

    Macaroni and Cheese

    Macaroni and Cheese

    2 servings
    290 calories per serving

    6 oz. FiberGourmet Pasta
    4 wedge Laughing Cow Light cheese (I use original flavor, but any of the 3 will work)
    2 T skim milk
    2 T hot water
    2 T shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese
    6 sprays I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ t onion powder

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and place in a bowl with all other ingredients. Stir to mix well. Enjoy !!!

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    January 3rd, 2010adminAppetizers, Sides, Vegetables

    Great to bring along to a party !

    Stuffed Mushroom

    Stuffed Mushroom

    4 servings
    121 calories per serving (4 mushrooms)

    16 medium sized button mushrooms, stems removed, but reserved
    1 c crumbled goat cheese
    4 T chopped flat leaf parsley
    16 pieces of sundried tomato packed in oil, drained
    1 t cayenne pepper
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking pan with Pam.

    Mince the reserved mushroom stems (food processor works great) and place in a bowl with cheese, parsley and cayenne pepper. Mix and set aside. Place caps in the prepared pan and lightly spray the tops with Pam. Fill each cap with the cheese mixture and then top each with a sundried tomato strip. Bake 15 minutes.

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    December 29th, 2009adminItalian, Kid Friendly, pasta, Sides

    Tasty, Tasty, Tasty !  This beats the pants off a 300+ calorie serving of Rice a Roni.  Serve with Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Crock Pot 20 Clove Chicken for a great complete meal under 400 calories.


    Rice and Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

    Rice and Pasta with Parmesan Cheese




    6 servings
    166 calories per serving (serving = 2/3 cup)

    2 T oil
    ½ c vermicelli broken into very small pieces
    1 c white rice
    1 ¼ c hot vegetable or chicken stock or broth (Emeril’s is great !)
    ¼ t pepper
    Salt to taste
    2 bay leaves
    1 t parsley flakes
    2 T parmesan or romano cheese

    Heat oil in a large skillet. Add vermicelli and sauté until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add in rice, broth and water along with salt and pepper, bay leaves and parsley. Cover and simmer on medium low 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and let stand covered 5 minutes.

    Remove the bay leaves. Sprinkle on the parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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    December 29th, 2009adminSides, Vegetables

    This literally takes 5 minutes to cook and just a couple to prepare, especially if you have a handy dandy garlic chopper.

    Garlic chopper

    The spinach wilts in no time and you can make this as mild or as spicy as you wish by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes. Serve with Rice and Pasta with Parmesan Cheese and Crock Pot 20 Clove Chicken for a great complete meal under 400 calories.

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    Sauteed Spinach

    3 servings
    58 calories per serving

    2 t olive oil
    Pam
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    2 bags prewashed baby spinach leaves
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ t red pepper flakes
    ¼ t garlic powder

    Heat the Pam and oil in a large skillet. Stir in minced garlic and sauté a minute or two on medium heat. Do not let the garlic brown or it will taste bitter. Pour in the 2 bags of spinach. It seems like a HUGE amount, but it will cook down to nothing in no time. Add all the spices and continue to sauté on medium heat, 2-3 minutes or until leaves are all wilted.

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    December 28th, 2009adminSides, Vegetables

    This recipe makes oft boring broccoli taste much more special, but only take a few minutes to whip up. Add more lemon and garlic if you want it zestier…it adds basically no extra calories.

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    Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic

    4 servings
    96 calories per serving

    6 cups broccoli florets
    1 t oil
    2 t minced garlic
    1 lemon, cut into slices
    2 t lemon juice
    1 t buttery spread
    Salt and pepper
    1 T grated lemon peel

    Fill 3 quart saucepan ¾ with water and bring to boil. Add broccoli florets and lemon slices. Keep at a low boil and cook for 5-8 minutes, depending on how crispy or soft you like the broccoli.

    While the broccoli is cooking on low heat sauté the garlic in the onion and lemon juice. When soft, add butter to melt and set aside.

    Drain the broccoli. Stir in the garlic mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the grated lemon peel over the top and serve immediately.

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